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How does it look? please critique.

Here is a pic of my second ever 40 gallon tall planted tank. I'm fairly new at this so any comments or advice would be appreciated! thanks everyone!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-01-2013, 04:40 PM
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Is that corkscrew val in there? Looks good, and I would suggest some background plants. What plant are you using for the foreground?
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I think that once the ludwigia(?) and vals and other big plants grow in it will look good, I do think that your hardscape would look better if it was built up so that it reached just above the upper 3rd of the tank.

Is that a crab you have there?

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Nice start. I think it would look better if there were some branches that reached higher in the tank, although once the plants grow in/up this may become moot.
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Is that corkscrew val in there? Looks good, and I would suggest some background plants. What plant are you using for the foreground?
Yes it is corkscrew val in two clumps. one on the left mid ground and the other in the center mid ground. The foreground is HC. Pretty typical I know......
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I think that once the ludwigia(?) and vals and other big plants grow in it will look good, I do think that your hardscape would look better if it was built up so that it reached just above the upper 3rd of the tank.

Is that a crab you have there?
Thanks for the feedback. The "ludwigia" that you are seeing (back right corner) is actually very new Rotala Macra green variety, if that is the plant you are taking about. Im hoping once my background plants grow more it should reach higher.... its so hard trying to scape a 40 tall. I bought it for cichlids originally.

Yes! I have 3 fiddlers.
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Nice start. I think it would look better if there were some branches that reached higher in the tank, although once the plants grow in/up this may become moot.
Thanks for the comment! There is a couple background plants that aren't visible. A bulb of red tiger lotus in the left center background behind the driftwood and a crypt balanse that I accidentally decapitated. They are both growing like crazy and luckily the crypt is growing back after replanting the crown and giving it root ferts.
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Good start.

One of the objections that is made about us as aquascapers here in the USA, us we don't use vertical space well. You might consider a few plants that will reach up into the top 1/3 of your tank.

That will give you a more dramatic look.
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Good start.

One of the objections that is made about us as aquascapers here in the USA, us we don't use vertical space well. You might consider a few plants that will reach up into the top 1/3 of your tank.

That will give you a more dramatic look.
Thanks! I do love drama! Along with the red tiger lotus and crypt balanse I also have many healthy stems of giant hygro in the back left corner that should fill in very nicely and address that problem of not reaching the top 1/3.
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